Ireland’s Simon Zebo and CJ Stander after victory over Scotland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 2016 Six Nations was never going to emulate the World Cup for its quality of rugby. Nor was it ever going to reproduce anything like the high-end (...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe gets over the try line at the Aviva Stadium in a match which England lost to miss out on the 2011 grand slam. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France v England,  Stade de France, Saturday, 8.0pm After England had secured the Six Nations title last Sunday when Scotland defeated the onl(...)

Josh Strauss replaces Ryan Wilson at number eight in the Scotland team. Photograph: Getty Images

SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Scotland v France Murrayfield, Sunday, 3.0pm RTÉ 2, BBC 1 Vern Cotter hopes to nullify France’s muscular threat after r(...)

Wales’ Sam Warburton and Gethin Jenkins combine to tackle France’s Vincent Pelo during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA

Wales 19 France 10 Wales will very probably win the Six Nations if they defeat England at Twickenham in the next round with only Italy at home to f(...)

Craig Fulton: he hopes the Ireland players can be off work to have a decent shot at the Olympics. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Ireland kick off their preparation for Rio on home soil next month when they play two Test matches against France. Following from the two-week camp (...)

Wales Luke Charteris will miss this weekend’s Six Nations clash with France due to a knee injury. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Lock Luke Charteris will miss Wales’ Six Nations clash against France in Cardiff on Friday because of a knee injury. Charteris is replaced in the sta(...)

France’s midfielder Mathieu Valbuena (left) and forward Karim Benzema during the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images.

A magistrate has lifted a ban on France striker Karim Benzema meeting team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, whom he is suspected of trying to blackmail over a s(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney is taken out by a high tackle from France’s Guilhelm Guirado during the sides’ Six Nations clash at Stade de France. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Much of the talk in the wake of Ireland’s 10-9 loss to France at the Stade de France on Saturday was on the subject of certain ‘dirty tactics’ employ(...)

Seán O’Brien lies injured on the Stade de France turf. The flanker’s substitution was a big blow to Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Statistics, unfortunately, can confuse. I expected to witness very clever Irish actions on Saturday to cause French ‘reaction’, especially from their(...)

France’s substitute prop Eddy Ben Arous in actionat the Stade de France Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

15 Maxime Medard He scored the only try of the match by taking a good line off a dominant scrum and running a good angle. He didn’t have much else to(...)